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Earthquake Call Fail: BlackBerry Messenger Beats the Phone Carriers

BlackBerry e-mail messages were delivered as usual after an earthquake struck Virginia today while calls failed, a potential boon to manufacturer Research In Motion. as it tries to win back lost market share. “RIM certainly has a reputation for being reliable when it comes to messaging and being secure and that’s what they’ve built their success on,” said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner Inc. in Teaneck, New Jersey. RIM’s service has operated normally all day, said Marisa Conway, a spokeswoman for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company. Verizon, AT&T Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp. experienced a surge in phone calling and said they had no immediate reports of network damage after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Looks like when it mattered most RIM delivered once again.   Source: BloomBerg

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Hey RIM, Some Advertising Wouldn’t Hurt

I am a diehard RIM fan as much as anybody that comes to read about BlackBerry news on our site. However, one of the reasons why RIM is on the verge of losing it all long with valuable market share is their failure to advertise. RIM has long been a valuable asset, even today to ITs’ and because of their reputation and workmanship have never had to advertise. This has been due to the BlackBerry being an enterprise device, but now even that audience is shifting to a cooler-looking device which provides great functionality and RIM is scrambling on what to do to in order to regain some of it back while the rest of us hold on for dear life hoping that RIM will deliver a great new round of devices, something new that will make the others envy us, or hoping the PlayBook finally gets its act together so that you can finally have a reason to go and buy it.  Either way you cut it, RIM is in trouble!  So what can RIM do to get out of the gutter?  Advertise!

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FTC To Review AT&T and T-Mobile USA Merge

The only thing stopping the AT&T and T-Mobile USA merge is Uncle Sam, sort of.  Its been reported that AT&T currently has approximately 95 million customers, and T-Mobile holds approximately 34 million. If the merge were to happen, AT&T’s market share will go up to approximately 37%. The Free Trade Commission will first have to review this deal due to its magnitude before the agreement is finalized and the merge takes place. Read more>

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LiveProfile for BlackBerry is almost here!

“The highly anticipated LiveProfile BlackBerry app is almost here! We know how bad you want it and trust me we hear you. We intended on releasing it last week but encountered a few last minute bugs which affected connectivity. If your BlackBerry was out of service for extended periods of time LiveProfile would fail to reconnect without restarting the application. This is not acceptable and definitely something we don’t want to launch with. First impressions are everything so we believe the app should work flawlessly.

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How About A Verizon BlackBerry PlayBook?

A new carrier has been added to the list of BlackBerry PlayBook vendors. According to reports, the PlayBook may possibly make its way into Verizon outlets soon. N4bb spotted the scoop and has provided us with their source. A website called has surfaced, which apparently held registration for beta testing the BlackBerry PlayBook on Verizon. Registration has ended, but this note has been left behind. “Thank you for your interest in the program.  Please note this is an exclusive program for Verizon enterprise customers and participation is by invitation only.”

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Android Attacking RIM, Closing in on BlackBerry’s Market Share

Google’s Android gains are nothing but a headache for Research In Motion (RIM) and their BlackBerry platform. With every Market share point Android gains, BlackBerry or iPhone loses. ComScore reported its December mobile market share figures Monday and we’ll let the chart do the talking. As you can see, RIM’s market share losses appear to be largely attributed to Android (and Apple’s iPhone to a lesser degree).

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BlackBerry still leads in smart-phone market

With all the hype surrounding Apple’s iPhone 4 launch, it’s easy to forget that RIM’s BlackBerry still has the largest share of the US smartphone market. Apple made a big deal about selling 1.7 million iPhone 4’s in 3 days, but RIM still beats them in marketshare. RIM has about 35% of the US smartphone market while Apple comes in with 28%. The problem for RIM is that their share of the market is shrinking while others are gaining on them. It wasn’t that long ago that RIM was over 43%, and 5 years ago they were over 50% of the US market. Apple is gaining on them and Android is really putting on the heat. According to Gartner, Android will become the second-best-selling smartphone platform worldwide behind Symbian by 2012. Research In Motion CEO Jim Balsillie said during the company’s quarterly earnings call last week that BlackBerry is well positioned for the brewing battle, with big international growth ahead, strong carrier partnerships in place and an efficient data infrastructure that will become more important as cellular operators adopt tiered data pricing. Source: Sfgate

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